|Publication number||US7431171 B2|
|Application number||US 11/530,764|
|Publication date||Oct 7, 2008|
|Filing date||Sep 11, 2006|
|Priority date||Sep 11, 2006|
|Also published as||US20080073339, WO2008033144A1|
|Publication number||11530764, 530764, US 7431171 B2, US 7431171B2, US-B2-7431171, US7431171 B2, US7431171B2|
|Original Assignee||Lamarche Paul|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (15), Referenced by (2), Classifications (23), Legal Events (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to what is conventionally known as a hat box design. More specifically, the present invention discloses a two piece plasticized container with a lid and a base and which incorporates a novel interlocking arrangement established therebetween to permit the lid to be angularly supported upon the base in a first open configuration and, upon being rotated to a closed position, linearly displaced forwardly to establish a tactile and snap-shut configuration.
2. Description of the Prior Art
The prior art is well documented with examples of either hat box or other article holding/supporting containers. In one application, it is desirable to be able to interlock together in a stacking arrangement a plurality of item holdable containers.
A first example of such an assembly is set forth in U.S. Pat. No. 6,237,772 and U.S. Pat. No. 5,964,350, both issued to LaMarche et al., and which teach an assembly of interconnected containers, each exhibiting an upper portion permanently connected to a lower portion by a hinge or hinges, and with the upper portion having a pair of elongated generally parallel upwardly open channels. The container also has a pair of generally parallel downwardly projecting flanges structured to engage an upwardly open channel of an adjacent container and adjacent containers having either at least one of the channels engaged by a flange of an adjacent container or at least one of its flanges engaged in a channel of an adjacent container or both. The channels preferably communicate with at least one open end so as to permit relative sliding removal and insertion of the containers from and into the assembly. The channels are disposed closer to each other than are the flanges. In one embodiment, the upper portion has the upper sidewalls diverging downwardly therefrom and the lower wall has a pair of lower sidewalls diverging upwardly therefrom. The containers may be transparent and molded as a unit with integrally formed hinges. Support structure may be provided within the container to support one or more articles disposed therein. Individual containers for use in such an assembly are disclosed.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,129,505, issued to Jupille et al., teaches a plurality of stackable trays and methods for stacking the same. Each tray exhibits two side walls, each having a top channel along its top edge and a bottom channel along its bottom edge, each channel further having an inner and an outer channel wall, where the width of two adjacent top channel outer channel walls is less than the width of the bottom channel, whereby two such top channel walls may slide into a bottom channel of a stackable tray of like kind, and where the width of two adjacent bottom channel outer channel walls is less than the width of the top channel, whereby two such bottom channel walls may slide into a top channel of a stackable tray of like kind.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,074,410, issued to Fries et al., teaches a portable hat box for a brimmed hat having an upper member and a lower member. The upper member is pivotal relative to the lower member about a pivot axis and between closed and open positions. The members in the closed position completely enclose a hat chamber. Each of the members includes a platen surface. The lower member platen surface is substantially complementary in shape to the upper member platen surface. The platen surfaces are positioned adjacent to one another, having a substantially constant vertical clearance therebetween in the closed position, as well as being non-adjacent and obliquely related in the open position.
Finally, U.S. Pat. No. 5,022,515, issued to Agostine, teaches a hat storage container wherein outer walls define a body and a bill, enclosing a space including a main body chamber and a bill-shaped container adapted to receiving a hat bill. The main body chamber is adapted to receive the main body portion of one or more corresponding billed hats. Preferably, the main body chamber is longer than the main body portions of the hats to be stored therein, whereby the main body chamber is adapted to receive a shingled array of a plurality of the hats; the bill-receiving chamber being adapted to receive the corresponding shingled array of bills.
The present invention discloses a two piece storage container, such as in particular for a hat box, and which is an improvement over other prior art designs in that it provides for improved locking and upwardly arrayed support of a first volume defining lid relative to an opposing and volume defining base. The lid exhibits a substantially rectangular shape, with interconnecting sides and ends defining therebetween a recessed interior and further includes a plurality of spaced apart lips extending from a selected end.
The base corresponds generally in outline with the lid and includes an equal plurality of upwardly projecting hinge supports, these being located proximate to an associated end of the base arrayed in opposing and communicable fashion relative to the lips, upon positioning of the lid over the base. The spaced apart lips are angularly supported within the hinge supports in a first open rotated position and, upon rotating the lid to a closed position, the lips are further linearly displacing in a direction against the hinge supports, in order to lock the lid to the base.
Additional features include each of the lid and base further including a handle subset portion associated with further selected edges opposite those associated with the lip and hinge support, the subset portions mating upon rotating the lid to the closed position to define a carrying handle. The lips are further each configured to include an angled ramp portion, and upon which is situated an integrally formed superstructure. The base defined hinge supports each further include upwardly extending primary and succeeding secondary embossments, these overlaying a perimeter defined aperture formed upon a flat edge location, in order to both support the lid in its upwardly angled position as well as to effectuate a tactile and “snap shut” feel upon rotating the lid to the closed position and sliding inwardly against the base.
Reference will now be made to the attached drawings, when read in combination with the following detailed description, wherein like reference numerals refer to like parts throughout the several views, and in which:
Referring now to
Referring again to
In a preferred embodiment, each of the lid and base exhibit a rectangular configuration (although it is contemplated that any suitable and polygonal shaped article is contemplated) with four interconnecting sides and ends which bound a recessed and volume defining interior. In particular, the lid 12 includes sides 16 and 18 and interconnecting ends 20 and 22. Concurrently, the base 14 includes sides 24 and 26 and interconnecting ends 28 and 30.
The lid 12 further includes a recessed interior surface 32 and the base 14 likewise includes a corresponding surface 34. Each of the sides and ends of the lid 12 further include outer perimeter defining and flattened edges, these being referenced at 36, 38, 40 and 42. The sides and ends of the base 14 concurrently include outer perimeter defining and flattened edges, as respectively shown at 44, 46, 48 and 50, these opposing the corresponding edges 36-42 of the lid in the closed and slid/snap shut configuration as will be subsequently described.
The lid 12 further includes a plurality of extending lips, such as shown by end defined and spaced apart lips 52, 54, 56, et seq. (see again
As best shown in
The configuration illustrated in the partial illustration of
Referring again to
Additional features corresponding to each of the hinge supports include a primary embossment 78 substantially overlaying the aperture 76 and including sloping edges connecting to the aperture defining perimeter in the flattened edge 48, this further revealing an open and communicable edge 80 opposing and seating a selected lip. A secondary and angular embossment 82 projects upwardly from a location of the primary embossment 78 and seats a selected superstructure, e.g. that shown again at 60 for selected lip extending portion 52, and in either the upwardly hinge supported or translated (snap-shut) configurations established between the lid 12 and base 14.
Referring again to the several illustrations, including
As best further illustrated in each of
An additional feature illustrated in the exploded view of
Having now described my invention, other and additional preferred embodiments will become apparent to those skilled in the art to which it pertains, and without deviating from the scope of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||220/4.21, 206/511, 16/271, 220/840, 206/508, 220/4.22, 220/771, 220/770|
|International Classification||B65D21/02, B65D51/04, B65D85/62, E05D7/12, B65D6/28|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D2251/1033, E05D3/022, E05Y2900/602, Y10T16/5367, B65D21/0222, E05D11/06, E05D1/06, B65D43/164|
|European Classification||B65D43/16C1, B65D21/02E7C|
|Feb 8, 2006||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG, GERMANY
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:HAAS, ALFONS;REEL/FRAME:017536/0119
Effective date: 20060111
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